In 2017 and 2018, I ran two series of free guided rides to help open up the whole of Brechfa forest to more mountain bikers - the waymarked trails are only the beginning!
In 2019, this morphed into a free weekly group ride with a similar format,
mixing up trail centre and off piste. We're now on something like 42
Sundays in a row. Everyone is welcome. Normally about 10-12 riders, but
can be more than 20 when the weather is good. They're a friendly bunch of very mixed abilities, so don't be
rides take place every Sunday from 9.30 until about 12.30, normally
from Byrgwm/Raven carpark. Sometimes there's cake. Visit the
Brechfa Mtb Riders group on Facebook to see exactly where the group is meeting each week.
2020, I'm back to racing regularly so I won't always be around, but the
group will ride every Sunday anyway, and they know all my secrets by
Otherwise, do feel free to contact me for bespoke guided rides and I'll do my best to give you a real adventure.
I might even create a proper website some time...
Anyway, back to 2017...
My name's Chris and I'm a fully qualified and insured mountain bike guide specialising in big days out for serious riders.
I absolutely love mountain biking and I absolutely love this part of the world with its rolling moorland, majestic forests and deep valleys. From rugged hilltop paths and historic bridleways to world-class trail centres and a vast network of enduro tracks, there is something here for everyone - if you can find it. I can tailor a ride to your exact needs and ensure that you make the most of the amazing riding on offer.
Brechfa Forest, Mynydd Mallaen, Cwm Rhaeadr, Caeo Forest, Doethie Valley, Tywi Forest, Elan Valley and Rhayader, Crychan Forest, Irfon Forest, Nant yr Arian, Hafren Forest, Dyfi Forest, Preseli Mountains, Brecon Beacons...
Racers and other very fit riders:
Imagine an MTB marathon designed just for you... As a battle-hardened endurance racer, often on a singlespeed, I have the fitness and experience to cater for the strongest riders who want to go further and faster than the norm. There are some superb loops in this area for anyone up to 50 miles or more in a day. And if you want to get really extreme, how about having a crack at my record on the 105-mile
Trans Cambrian Way?
Fancy a bit of natural action as an alternative to trail centres, or a mixture of the two, or just need someone who knows the shortcuts to the best bits? From the rocky enduro trails of Brechfa or Caeo to the out-there-ness of the Doethie Valley to the splash-fest that is the Tywi Track and all stops inbetween, I can help maximise the fun stuff and save you the hassle of navigation. Expect an action-packed loop of 15-30 miles.
The MTB trails at Brechfa and Nant yr Arian are perfect for beginners and near-beginners (well, everyone really). I can help both adults and children learn the basic skills needed to cycle off-road safely and have as much fun as possible. You'll find me a patient, easygoing guy. I just take it out on my own family later.
I hold the MBLA Trail Cycle Leader qualification, which means I've trained in skills coaching, first aid, navigation, bike maintenance/repair and child protection, and I'm fully insured through British Cycling.
From £15 per hour for one-to-one down to as little as £4 per person per hour for groups.
I can also help with accommodation and arrange hire bikes, food and an extra guide for groups of more than eight riders.
Click here to e-mail me or ring 07535 228559 to discuss your requirements. For news and photos from past epic rides, see my Facebook page. To see where I've been riding, see my Strava page. To check out my old racing blog, visit www.29gears.blogspot.co.uk.
I look forward to hearing from you!